June 11, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. - Lars Rise (Trondheim, Norway) and Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.) earned All-America honors after finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the men's decathlon at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Friday (June 11). The All-American honor for Rise is his third career honor while Adcock becomes an All-American for the fifth time in his career. Rise earned 7,671 total points in the competition while Adcock finished with 7,569 points.
"It really was a great meet and a great decathlon competition," head coach Rick McGuire - who is coaching in his final NCAA track meet - said following the meet. "Sometimes the decathlon comes down to how deep someone can dig when things aren't working, and I thought our two guys dug deep all week long. Things just didn't come easy for anyone in this competition but I thought our guys did a great job of digging deep and they ended up on the podium at the end of the day."
Adcock's fifth All-America honor is a fitting one for McGuire to add to his résumé after his final meet as a collegiate head coach. After finishing fifth, Adcock becomes the only athlete in McGuire's 27 years of coaching to qualify for five NCAA Championships (indoor or outdoor) and finish no lower than fifth in those respective meets. No event McGuire's three Olympians - Christian Cantwell, Derrick Peterson or Natasha Kaiser - accomplished that feat.
The two Tiger decathletes combined to score nine total points in the overall team competition, ranking Mizzou 21st nationally heading into the final day of competition tomorrow. Only four Big 12 schools rank ahead of Mizzou in the overall team rankings. The decathlon was won by Oregon's Ashton Eaton who scored 8,457 points on his home track, just off of the collegiate record. Michael Morrison of Cal was second with 7,801 points while Texas A&M's Trinity Otto placed third with 7,724 points.
After totaling 3,915 points on day one of the decathlon, Rise began day two by adding 839 points to his overall total in the 110m hurdles after clocking in at 15.09. He followed that with another strong performance in the discus where he netted 781 additional points after throwing 45.69m (149-11). That mark earned him second overall in the event behind only Daniel Kinsey of Akron. He then turned in a top pole vault clearance of 4.60m (15-1) for 790 points and came within four seconds of his personal-best in the 1,500m run at 4:39.81.
"I was really happy with my second day," Rise said. "I was able to go from seventh to fourth so that was a good thing for me. I was happy with my performance but I felt like I could have scored higher. My first day was a struggle and I couldn't get things going. I had a little higher hopes, but there is always next year."
The fourth-place finish by Rise is the best by a Tiger in the NCAA decathlon since Adcock finished in the same spot back in 2008. He came within just 53 points of third place, which would have tied him with fellow Norwegian Hans Uldal for the best finish by a Tiger decathlete at the NCAA Championships.
After compiling 3,912 points on day one, Adcock opened with a great performance in the 110m hurdles after clocking in at 14.36 to add 929 points to his total. He followed that by throwing 37.57m (123-3) in the discus to finish sixth in his flight while adding 615 points to his overall score. Adcock cleared 4.50m (14-9) in the pole vault for 760 points and then turned in a season-best javelin throw of 54.07m (177-5) to win his flight and add 649 points to his total score. He then came back and nearly set a personal-best in the 1,500m run after clocking in at 4:36.06 to add 704 points to his total score.
"The NCAA Championships are extremely hard to get to," McGuire commented. "Then once you get here, the fact that you are competing in 10 events through two days is even harder. In the end, we had two guys representing the University of Missouri on the podium. I am just really proud of Nick and Lars and I thought they did a great job of representing our program here today."
The meet also served as the final collegiate meet for McGuire, who announced his retirement prior to the season. He will stay on and coach the team through the USATF Championships this summer, but the meet closes a 27-year collegiate career for McGuire. Specializing in the combined events throughout his career, McGuire earned a pair of All-Americans in the decathlon at his final collegiate meet, a fitting close to his collegiate coaching career.
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